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lathe advice

by Karda
posted 02-06-2017 06:37 PM


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#1 posted 02-06-2017 06:40 PM

LOL – They want $130 for it on e-bay… and you can buy it NEW at harbor freight for $80 (or about $65 with a coupon).

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 06:50 PM

I saw that but it was a super bowl sale, I went to there web site this morning and didn’t see. don’t now about coupons where are they

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#3 posted 02-06-2017 06:58 PM

I saw that but it was a super bowl sale, I went to there web site this morning and didn t see. don t now about coupons where are they
- Karda

Usually you can get a 20% off and a ‘free gift’ coupon on their web sites main page… and if they don’t have them there, you can usually find them here: http://www.harborfreight.com/digitalsavings.html (free gift this go around is a 25 foot tape measure). Occasionally, you can find a 25% off coupon, but those are usually in print form (monthly flyer, magazines, etc…), not on the web site.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: You don’t actually have to print the coupon out if you have a smart phone – just pull it up on the phone and they will scan it from there.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 02-06-2017 07:27 PM

Karda, check again. I was just on their site and it is $80.00. You can also sign up on their website and receive a monthly flyer. Every flyer has the coupons in them and more. As far as limitations, a 1/3 hp at 3amps doesn’t sound like much but I not familiar with that lathe. I’m sure you can make some bowls from it. Hopefully someone will chime in who has one and can give their opinion.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 02-06-2017 08:19 PM

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#6 posted 02-06-2017 09:36 PM

I have a Jet mini lathe, which is about the same size as this one I think. I have used it for years. I can turn a bowl almost 10” in diameter on it, and I have the optional extended bed for longer turnings. Get the little lathe and have a blast! You can make pens and a bunch of other cool thongs with it also.

-- I'm happiest when I have wheels on my feet or sawdust in my hair.

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#7 posted 02-07-2017 12:17 AM

thanks for the site and coupons, do you just print them off and take them to the store, do they expire thanks Mike

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#8 posted 02-07-2017 12:28 AM

They do expire but usually they don’t check that close. For me, they often just look at the coupon and type the code in. Boom, 20% on the single item. Then if they aren’t busy, they will tell you what the free item is so you can go grab it.

You can print it or show it on your smart phone. Either way gets it done.

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#9 posted 02-07-2017 12:33 AM

can you buy online and pick up at store

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#10 posted 02-07-2017 12:47 AM

I don’t know about buying online and store pickup, but the coupon is good till 2/28. You can print it, but I just look it up on my smart phone and show it at check out. On the web site there is an 800 number. Call and ask about in store pick up or availability.

-- John

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#11 posted 02-07-2017 02:59 AM

ok thanks

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#12 posted 02-07-2017 05:51 AM

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#13 posted 02-07-2017 01:05 PM



can you buy online and pick up at store

- Karda

Not sure about in store pickup but I know they are generally willing to help load your vehicle if you need help. I’ve seen it at my local store. Also, Harbor Freight isn’t a huge store like HD OR Lowe’s. Think Dollar Store. Good luck and let us know if you like it.

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#14 posted 02-07-2017 06:59 PM

ok thanks

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#15 posted 02-07-2017 11:22 PM

I wouldn’t be too concerned with the 1MT. Most wood lathes are 2MT but items for 1MT are available; there just may not be as large a selection or the price may be slightly higher.
I agree with DD that the 1/3 HP, 3 amp motor is pretty small. Still there are hundreds of different items which it should have enough power to turn without bogging down.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#16 posted 02-07-2017 11:30 PM

Hi, that is good to hear, I am concerned about the lack of power, I read where those small lathes can develop motor problem from turning out of round wood like fire wood or pieces from trees. I will use that kind of wood if I can find it dry.

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#17 posted 02-08-2017 12:26 AM

Hi, that is good to hear, I am concerned about the lack of power, I read where those small lathes can develop motor problem from turning out of round wood like fire wood or pieces from trees. I will use that kind of wood if I can find it dry.
- Karda

The only problem is trying to be too aggressive and stalling the motor. Easy fix though.. just don’t be so aggressive ;)

That lathe only has an 8” swing, so you aren’t going to be doing a lot of bowls of any appreciable size. It also has a center to center limit of 12”, which is even less if you add a chuck or depending on what centers you use. Great for doing stuff like pens, small tool handles, wheels and knobs, etc… all stuff that should be well within the capability of the machine. Just go slower on the stuff that is pushing its limits and you will be fine. If you can get the piece as close to already round as possible before putting it on the lathe, you will be even better off and not have to do as much initial roughing out.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#18 posted 02-08-2017 01:21 AM

guess I’ll save my pennies as my old aunt would say, a couple thing I might make would push 12”. Also I am a better to have more power than you need and not need it than to not have it and need it. I be looking for a little bigger one. I saw a shop fox on ebay for 175.00 with tools and attachments . 1 problem, pickup in t calif. I live in NY

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#19 posted 02-08-2017 01:26 AM

I doubt you will find anything reasonable on e-bay due to location and shipping – any reasonable sized lathe is going to be pretty heavy. You might get lucky and find something close, but your best bet is to look for local used stuff that you can go put your hands on and evaluate before purchase. Always be willing to walk away if needed. Craigslist, garage and estate sales, local school system or university auctions, etc… lots of pretty nice lathes can be found for $175 or less.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#20 posted 02-08-2017 02:12 AM

If you are anywhere near the Tampa Florida area, there is a place called www.bowlsforgood.org that was selling refurbished nova comet II lathes for $200. That’s where I got mine and the money goes to buy food for local food bank.

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#21 posted 02-08-2017 04:04 AM

guess I’ll save my pennies as my old aunt would say, a couple thing I might make would push 12”. Also I am a better to have more power than you need and not need it than to not have it and need it. I be looking for a little bigger one. I saw a shop fox on ebay for 175.00 with tools and attachments . 1 problem, pickup in t calif. I live in NY. Where do I look localy, I checked local craigs list, nothing

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#22 posted 02-08-2017 05:25 PM

Where in new york are you located? Here is a link on wood turning online. They have a listing of nine turning clubs in New York state. Lots of other good info here too. With the help of a local club you can probably find a good deal on a used lathe.
https://www.woodturningonline.com//community/clubs.php#USNY

-- John

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#23 posted 02-08-2017 09:21 PM

Harbor Freight has a a midi lathe that is one step up from the one you are looking at. It is 2MT and has plenty of power and is smooth and quiet. You can find it on sale for $179 if you are patient and with the 20% coupon it’s a heck of a buy at about $150 out the door.

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#24 posted 02-08-2017 09:28 PM

Locally, as John stated there are lots of clubs and maybe some of them can help you. Most have a web site and you may be able to post what you are looking for.
For other sellers/retailers here is a nice chart put together by David Peters.
It is pretty current and you can resort any column using the trigger at the top of the column. (Such as by price, swing, hp, etc)
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nu6Tp9Suaiok1OVoqfaLa8_fBy82j7SctA2O9NacBA0/edit#gid=0

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#25 posted 02-08-2017 09:59 PM

thanks for all the information, I kinda like the 12×18 that HF sells I ll try to get that if I can. I looked at the turning site lots of good info thanks but not clubs in my area thanks Mike

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#26 posted 02-10-2017 06:34 PM

Hi, I have a late table question, these machines are heavy but do they vibrate or shake a lot I want to build a table out of 2×4s with that be heavy enogh for a small lathe it will 13×42 thanks Mike

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#27 posted 02-11-2017 09:26 PM

2X4 construction should be fine. You may want to add a shelf underneath to stack sandbags on for additional weight. How much it vibrates/shakes depends mostly on how out of balance the piece of stock you have mounted is.

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#28 posted 02-11-2017 11:41 PM

what about ciber bloks for legs 3 or 4 high on each end

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#29 posted 02-14-2017 05:22 AM

If you are. Uying a lathe from Harbor Freight, get the 10×18 it is a little more but much more useful. Turned all kinds of stuff on mine. You can even find a bed extension for $65 if you want to make longer turnings. Rockler sells the extension for the excelsior lathe which is the same unit. Oh and this lathe has an MT2 taper and a 1 inch 8tpi head if you want to use a chuck.

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#30 posted 02-14-2017 05:26 AM

If you are buying a lathe from Harbor Freight, get the 10×18 it is a little more but much more useful.

http://m.harborfreight.com/5-speed-bench-top-wood-lathe-65345.html

Turned all kinds of stuff on mine. You can even find a bed extension for $65 if you want to make longer turnings. Rockler sells the extension for the excelsior lathe which is the same unit. Oh and this lathe has an MT2 taper and a 1 inch 8tpi head if you want to use a chuck.

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#31 posted 02-14-2017 05:37 AM

what about ciber bloks for legs 3 or 4 high on each end
- Karda

Concrete makes an excellent stand :)

If you use cinder blocks, you would need to cement them together and then tie the top and lathe into them somehow, as otherwise it’s no different than just sitting loose on top of a really sturdy bench, still free to flop around. You want mass, but you also want the lathe attached to that mass so it can take advantage of it.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#32 posted 02-14-2017 05:46 AM



Hi, I have a late table question, these machines are heavy but do they vibrate or shake a lot I want to build a table out of 2×4s with that be heavy enogh for a small lathe it will 13×42 thanks Mike

- Karda

You can build a really solid bench with 2×4 and a 1-1/4 inch particle benchtop. Just make sure you build L-shaped legs. Here is mine

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#33 posted 02-14-2017 07:17 AM

I AM GETTING THE 10 X 18 lathe, maybe of line cheaper but the same machine, I like to have more than I need then I have it if I need it. I am moving my drill press to the wall and putting the lathe on my work table , a good solid table with steel frame and legs. I appreciate everybody s patience and advice I know I can be a pest when I start asking questions

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#34 posted 02-14-2017 03:37 PM

FYI, the harbor frieght 10X18 is the exact same lathe as the rockler excelsior lathe. So go for the better deal.
I started with this little lathe and it worked well for me.
They have a deal now where the bed extension comes with it. And they also have different tool rest that fit this lathe.
http://www.rockler.com/excelsior-5-speed-mini-lathe-with-free-bed-extension?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_content=pla&utm_campaign=PL&sid=V9146&gclid=Cj0KEQiA8orFBRCEpODivaOft_EBEiQAy3mlfRqlvtzuhzRw8MWOiwKtZZw6Y4PjLTVRVNmS--gKHdsaApdf8P8HAQ

-- John

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#35 posted 02-14-2017 04:01 PM

Prices have gone up at Rockler. Last week this lathe was $200 without the bed extension. Makes me laugh when the say “free bed extension” cause they sell it for $75. Making it cheaper to buy theparts separate. Or better yet buy the green one from HF and use the coupon. HF dont sell the extension. So if you buy both the colors wont match.

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#36 posted 02-14-2017 06:42 PM

thanks I checked out the Rockler lathe

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#37 posted 02-14-2017 09:06 PM

I AM GETTING THE 10 X 18 lathe…

Right now there is someone in my area selling that lathe, on a roll around tool cart with drawers and a bunch of accessories (about a dozen turning tools, various faceplates, chucks, original manual, etc…) for $150. If you keep an eye out, you can find some pretty good deals. And like that deal, you usually wind up with a lot of extra stuff that would cost a lot more if you had to go out and source it new. Just saying.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#38 posted 02-26-2017 07:29 AM

Hi, guys I just ordered a 10×18 central machinery lathe. I will order the tools from Penn Sate Thanks for your patience and advice

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#39 posted 02-26-2017 01:54 PM

You can build a solid lathe bench like this.. 4×4 and plywood. Solid as can be based off of the work bench I built and outfeed table.

-- mrg

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#41 posted 03-07-2017 03:32 AM

Karda,
Check out Rockler they have the carbide mini tool set on sale again. LINK

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#42 posted 03-08-2017 01:32 AM

thanks but already got my tools

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